LEED-Certified Applebee's Opens in Brooklyn

Apple-Metro, Inc., the New York Metro-area Applebee’s franchisee, opened its second LEED-certified Applebee’s at the Gateway Shopping Center in East New York, Brooklyn, last week. 

The restaurant has more than 40 environmentally friendly upgrades, which include a roof-mounted solar array that returns power to the grid, rainwater and daylight harvesting, waterless urinals, and reclaimed wood (expanded list below). 

In the building’s lobby, a Green Education Touch Screen educates guests about the restaurant’s eco-friendly features and the benefits of living in a green environment. 

The franchise group’s first LEED restaurant, and the first Applebee’s LEED-certified restaurant in the system, opened in East Harlem in 2012. 

Expanded List of LEED Gold Certified Elements:

  • Rainwater harvesting
  • White reflective rubber roof (partial)
  • Energy reduction
  • Daylight harvesting and sensor system that automatically controls lighting levels
  • Automatic window shades
  • Green Education Touch Screen
  • Waterless urinals
  • Tankless hot water heaters
  • LED light fixtures
  • Dimmer controls
  • Occupancy sensors
  • Air curtains
  • LED exterior signs
  • Recycled foam in walk-in cooler walls
  • Recycled PVC kitchen floor and recycled dining room carpet
  • High R walls/Roofs – Metl Span
  • EcoPower flushometers
  • High-efficiency toilets
  • Daikin energy-efficient condensing and air handling units with heat recovery
  • Air purification unit
  • ENERGY STAR equipment
  • Steel, rebar, drywall, ceiling tiles, wallpaper and flooring with high recycled content
  • Rapidly renewable resources
  • Sourcing materials locally
  • Recycle construction debris
  • Outdoor air delivery monitoring – carbon dioxide sensors
  • Stormwater design – quality control
  • Heat island effect – roof
  • Storage and collection of recyclables
  • Dishwasher pulper and extractor unit
  • Heat loss recovery
  • Variable frequency drive kitchen hood and HVAC controls 

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